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Mentor Graphics Announces Xpedition System Designer for Comprehensive Multi-board Systems Development
WILSONVILLE, Ore., October 28, 2014 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, today announced...
- Design to Silicon
- Functional Verification
- Integrated PCB-FPGA Systems Design
- Electronic System Level (ESL) Design
- Automotive EE Design Solutions
- Embedded Software
- Mechanical Analysis
- Consulting, Services and Support
Design to Silicon
Traditional EDA tools for physical design and verification have reached limits due to greater manufacturing process variability and the growing size and complexity of designs that take advantage of the latest nanometer scaling. With the advent of new process technologies, the handoff between integrated circuit (IC) layout and manufacturing has changed from a simple check to a multi-step process where the layout design must be enhanced to ensure efficient manufacturing. This presents a host of challenges related to manufacturing process effects, photolithography, data volumes, and achieving a cost-effective yield of finished chips from each wafer.
To meet these challenges with confidence, design teams turn to Mentor Graphic’s Olympus-SoC™ place and route system with Multi-Corner-Multi-Mode timing analysis and DFM-aware layout optimization for rapid closure of physical designs. The Olympus-SoC system works with the industry-leading integrated Calibre® design-to-silicon platform, which includes physical verification, full-chip, transistor-level parasitic extraction, model-based design for manufacturability (DFM) solutions, mask data preparation (MDP) and resolution enhancement technologies (RET), such as optical proximity correction and other computational lithography techniques. The Calibre product family efficiently and accurately manages every facet of the design-to-silicon transition.
The Mentor Graphics Tessent™ product suite is a comprehensive silicon test and yield analysis platform that addresses the challenges of manufacturing test, debug, and yield ramp for today’s SoCs. Built on the foundation of the best-in-class solutions for each test discipline, Tessent brings them together in a powerful test flow that ensures total chip coverage.
Mentor Graphics provides its customers with critical tools for solving the increasingly complicated problems of verifying that today’s complex chip designs actually function as intended. Functional errors at the system level are the leading cause of design revisions affecting time to market and profitability. Design teams must improve existing methodologies with tools that scale across design complexity and multiple levels of abstraction.
The Mentor Graphics Functional Verification™ platform, featuring the Questa™ advanced verification environment, is the most comprehensive EDA solution for functional verification, merging standards support, tools and a “design for verification” methodology to minimize verification cycles and design revisions. This solution provides the industry’s best language support and the most complete path for verification, from hardware description language (HDL) simulation to in-circuit emulation, including support for testbenches, assertions and functional prototypes. Mentor offers standards-based support for the most advanced verification requirements with integrated technologies now including the Questa® assertion-based verification tools and methodologies to enable comprehensive verification throughout the entire design.
The Functional Verification platform is comprised of “best-in-class” technologies. Mentor Graphics supports the Open Verification Methodology (OVM), the industry's first true, Open Source system-level to RLT verification methodology implemented in SystemC and SystemVerilog languages. Other technologies include the popular ModelSim® simulator, and Questa ADMS for analog/mixed-signal verification.
Mentor Graphic's verification offering is completed by the industry’s fastest functional verification platform for systems on chip and embedded systems. The Veloce™ product family of hardware-assisted solutions further strengthens the company’s leadership in high-performance transaction-based acceleration.
Integrated PCB-FPGA Systems Design
As ICs, ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) and FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) become more complex and printed circuit board (PCB) fabrication technology advances to include embedded components and high-density interconnect layers, the design of PCBs is reaching new levels of complexity. These are frequently a source of design bottlenecks.
Mentor Graphics is the market and technology leader in PCB design, providing many of the world’s largest system design companies today with a range of scalable design solutions to reduce the time, cost and risk of electronic system design: Xpedition™ Enterprise, for the creation of today’s most complex PCB designs; Board Station® XE, the market standard solution for the PCB design challenges of the global enterprise; and the PADS® flow, the leading Windows-based solution for complex PCB design.
Mentor Graphics also offers solutions for specific design challenges such as radio frequency (RF) design management, and verification advanced packaging, concurrent team design, FPGA-on-board integration and design data management.
Electronic System Level (ESL) Design
Design complexity of next-generation digital applications is outgrowing the capabilities of current design methods. Increasingly, designs are large systems that include embedded cores, IP, and complex signal processing hardware that implements computationally intensive algorithms.
To deal with this complexity, Mentor Graphics offers the EDA industry’s most comprehensive suite of electronic system level (ESL) design tools for hardware creation. Vista™, a SystemC debug environment, helps designers model their designs at a higher level of abstraction where they can identify and resolve problems with minimal effort.
For system integration, Visual Elite™ helps designers deal with IP from different sources, modeled in different languages, and written at different levels of abstraction. Together these tools deliver dramatic productivity and design quality improvements, and provide a methodology that will satisfy designers’ requirements for the next 10-15 years.
Automotive EE Design Solutions
A new car now contains 15 percent more electronics than the models of one year ago, in entertainment, navigation and safety systems. As the electrical wiring systems in the transportation industry become increasingly complex, so the need for software solutions to manage this complexity grows.
Mentor Graphics offers an unrivalled range of leading-edge solutions being used by OEMs and wire harness manufacturers throughout the world. Mentor Graphic's Capital tool is a powerful design environment developed specifically for the wire harness industry, providing a data-centric tool suite for electrical systems and associated harness design. Mentor Graphic's Volcano™ product line supports a structured engineering process for the development of distributed control systems.
The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Software Division enables embedded development for a variety of applications including automotive, industrial, smart energy, medical devices, and consumer electronics. Embedded developers can create systems with the latest processors and micro-controllers with commercially supported and customizable Linux®-based solutions including the industry -leading Sourcery™ CodeBench and Mentor Embedded Linux products. For real-time control systems, developers can take advantage of the small-foot-print and low-power-capable Nucleus® RTOS.
The Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division delivers industry-leading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools. These products help engineers quickly solve complex everyday engineering problems within tight budget and time constraints in these critical areas:
Mentor Graphics leads the industry in electronics thermal analysis simulation software, with the largest installed base of any provider.* These electronics cooling simulation tools -- FloTHERM®, FloTHERM® PCB and FloEFD™ -- predict airflow, temperature and heat transfer in components, boards and complete systems.
Engineering Fluid Dynamics
FloEFD™ engineering fluid dynamics (EFD) software provides robust fluid flow and heat transfer simulation tools for more than 30 industries. Embedded in leading mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software, it helps engineers integrate analysis into design cycles without disrupting the engineering process.
Built Environment & HVAC
FloVENT® pioneered the simulation of airflow as well as temperature distribution in and around buildings, aircraft, trains and automobiles, and is well-suited for specialist applications such as clean room contamination control and warehouse or datacenter temperature control. FloEFD can also be used for the analysis and optimization of HVAC equipment.
Thermal Characterization and Testing Solutions
Mentor Graphics T3Ster® and TeraLED® software and hardware-based solutions to perform thermal testing for semiconductor device packages, including ICs, power LEDs and other discrete components, stacked dies, MCMs and printed circuit boards. Power Tester 1500A, launched in 2014,is the only commercially available thermal testing product that combines both power cycling and thermal transient measurements with structure function analysis.
Fluid Systems Modeling
Flowmaster has been the tool of choice for 1D thermo-fluid simulation of pipework networks and systems for more than 20 years. Based on Don Miller's "Internal Flow Systems," Flowmaster is unrivalled in terms of accuracy, flexibility and cross-industry appeal due to its superior transient solver.
Our Mechanical Analysis Consulting Services provide thermal and airflow design services as well as thermal characterization of IC packages, power-LEDs, and other discrete components. We can help you optimize designs for thermal and fluid flow efficiencies, test and measure thermal characterization, and manage the entire project from concept to delivery.
Consulting, Services and Support
Mentor Graphics global customer support organization offers leading customer support solutions online, by phone and in-person, to ensure that customers can find answers to their questions at any hour of the day or night from anywhere in the world. The company's "customer first" approach has resulted in Mentor Graphics being the only EDA company to achieve Support Center Practices (SCP) certification and be an unprecedented five-time winner of the Software Technical Assistance Recognition (STAR) Award from the Service and Support Professionals Association. Mentor is also the first company to earn certification for its web support services through the internationally recognized Service Capability & Performance (SCP) Standards.
Mentor Graphics Consulting is an expert in electronic design infrastructures and methodology services and is the only service partner in the industry that invests in the transfer of knowledge to its customers. Their solutions are used worldwide by forward-looking electronics companies to optimize design productivity and advance adoption of the latest industry design best practices. Education Services is focused on developing and delivering quality training to help customers assimilate new tools and technologies into their design environments, increasing productivity and ensuring success in the marketplace.
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